November 1, 2016 in FinTech

TAG FinTech seeks applications for Innovation Award and $50K cash prize

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tag fintechTAG FinTech, the financial technology industry special interest group of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), is accepting applications for its third annual TAG FinTech Innovation Award, including a cash grant of $50,000 to the winner.

Accepted applicants will participate in the Innovation Award Education and Mentoring program, which will take place on Thursday nights in January 2017 in Buckhead at the offices of Morris, Manning & Martin, located in the Atlanta Financial Center. The program will conclude with a “pitch night,” scheduled for Jan. 26, 2017. A panel of judges — comprised of award sponsors — will select finalists to present their innovation at the TAG FinTech GA 2017 symposium on Feb. 9, 2017. This event attracts hundreds of FinTech industry leaders from Georgia and across the country. A winner will be announced at the conclusion of the event.

“TAG continues to recognize Georgia’s strong FinTech industry and its continued growth,” said Tino Mantella, TAG president and CEO. “We are pleased to help further its success with this grant.”

To qualify, participating startups must successfully meet all grant requirements. Companies may apply at: until Dec. 9, 2016.“This is our third year providing this award and I am continually impressed with the quality of entrepreneurs and business plans in our ecosystem”,” said Sean Banks, TAG FinTech chairman and partner at TTV Capital.

Once again, the award winner will also be accepted, free of charge, into the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Advanced Technology Development Center’s ATDC Accelerate program. Split, the 2016 winner, is an ATDC FinTech startup.

“We’re honored to partner with TAG in the FinTech Innovation Award for the second consecutive year as we support the next generation of entrepreneurs and startups. FinTech continues to be a critical component of Georgia’s technology sector,” said Michelangelo Ho, the FinTech catalyst at Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), the statewide technology incubator. “It’s also a growing sector that’s creating a need for high-skilled talent in Georgia to fill these jobs. It’s what led to some of our key initiatives that we have, such as the partnership we have with Worldpay, which led to the creation of the ATDC FinTech Accelerator.”

According to TAG research, Georgia FinTech company revenues are more than $34 billion annually, which places the state third in the nation, behind New York and California.

For more information about the TAG FinTech Innovation Award criteria, please visit

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